5 years ago

November 17, 2016

Frazee-Vergas Forum

Election Day on Nov. 8 was quite eventful, what started out as a possible shortage of ballots and the need to make some ballot copies was interrupted by a power outage. The polling location at the Frazee Event Center was pitch black, lit only by a few cell phone and flashlights. Within minutes of the power going out Frazee Police Chief Tyler Trieglaff was on site to offer help. An unusual request was put out to the Frazee Fire Department­—to get generators to the event center. Generators were hooked up by using the fire trucks, ballot copies were made and the voting continued. The power came back on after about 40 minutes. The polls closed at 8 p.m. and it was estimated that more than 1,400 ballots were cast, and of those, 115 were from newly-registered voters. 

The Vergas Trail Committee continues to plug away at bringing a floating boardwalk to town, as it has now raised $54,108. The goal is to connect the trail that extends from downtown to the city beach to the scenic gravel walkway on the banks of Long Lake with a floating boardwalk. Early estimates for the project, including engineering and easements, tallied about $500,000. The city is actively seeking grants to reduce the potion the city must raise. 

25 years ago

November 14, 1996

Frazee Forum

DeWayne Schaefer presented the school board with easements for a road he plans to give the school district. The proposed road easements were presented to the Frazee-Vergas School Board Tuesday evening. No action was taken on the proposal at that meeting. Schaefer noted that the township would not maintain the road since it is a private road put in by Schaefer. 

Superintendent  Joe Merseth stated, “The road serves a great purpose for access to the ball-fields. Without it there would be no access to the ball-fields.” Merseth noted that Schaefer wants what’s best for the area and has always been willing to work with the school board. Merseth also noted that Schaefer made available to the school district 10 acres of land near the river. “We have saved about $30,000 by purchasing 10 acres,” said Merseth. The school has utilized fill from the acreage and science classes utilize the land for outdoor classrooms. 

Seven people are signed up to be housed in the new 12-unit apartment complex in Frazee. It is noted that all seven of those people are senior citizens. The new complex, located on West Maple Avenue near Frazee Care Center, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by  mid-February. 

50 years ago

November 18, 1971

Frazee Forum

An estimated 1,500 to 1,700 persons toured the facilities of the new Frazee Retirement Center during the open house held on Sunday afternoon. The Center is now open and has two residents. Charley Simmons, 86, and Pete Kachel, 84, both of Frazee became the first two residents when the Center opened on Monday. 

Becker County Auditor Carl A. Randolph has announced that applications are now being accepted for 13 new jobs under the Emergency Employment Act of 1971. The jobs are for unemployed persons. The Frazee Village has an opening for one utility helper with a monthly salary of $300, the Frazee-Vergas School district has an opening for one teacher’s aide $290 a month and a janitor at $375 a month.

Cheryl Jacobs, who was crowned Miss Frazee last August during Frazee Turkey Days celebration received a $100 check from Mrs. Gary (Sharon) Ware on behalf of the Frazee Mrs. Jaycees. The Mrs. Jaycees sponsor the Miss Frazee contest and pageant each year and award $1000.00 to the queen.